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Guide: 5 Things to Do for Mother's Day in New York City

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th. Whether spending the day with Mom in the city, or sending her a gift, we’ve rounded up 5 ideas for Mother’s Day in New York City as well as a few gift ideas. From Brunch to a Staycation, check out these fun things to do with Mom in New York City:

Brunch

Photo: Teddy Wolff

Photo: Teddy Wolff

We could right an entire post just on Brunch places…it is New York City after all. Check out Simon & the Whale conveniently located in Gramercy in the Freehand Hotel. The restaurant is done by Gabriel Stulman who is also behind city favorites Fairfax, Charlie Bird, and Fedora.

Notable items for a Mother’s Day Brunch include griddles banana bread with date syrup, ricotta artichoke popovers, and sorrento lemon mascarpone danishes

New York Botanical Garden Party

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Enjoy the beautiful spring blooms at the weekend-long garden party at the New York Botanical Garden. This year is expected to be the biggest Garden Party yet! Stroll through the newly opened Lilac collection and enjoy live music and dancers on the garden’s main stage. There are a bunch of activities planned throughout the whole day, making it a great family event. Activities include putting on the green, croquet, guided walking tours throughout the gardens, face painting, and bouquet making demonstrations to name a few.

The event will take place during the entire weekend, from 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

All garden pass $28, $12 children // 2900 Southern Boulevard

 Mother’s Day at the MoMa

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Check out that exhibit you’ve been wanting to see at the MoMa with a special day planned for Mom. Before the Museum opens to the public, enjoy breakfast in the Terrace 5 Café which overlooks the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.

After breakfast, you can participate in exclusive group tours of the MoMa collection, including special exhibitions.

Tickets: $120 Adults // $25 Children

Staycation at the Four Season New York Downtown

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Treat Mom to a special weekend Staycation at the new Four Seasons New York Downtown. They are offering a special promotion package for Mother’s Day called the Overnight Pamper Package. The package includes:

  • Overnight accommodation

  • In Room Dining Breakfast for Two

  • 80 minute Soveral Facial

  • Complimentary glass of Champagne or Wellness Elixir in The Spa

Rates starting at $795

Tea at Bergdorf Goodman

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BG at Bergdorf Goodman hosts afternoon tea daily from 3-5pm. If a full brunch isn’t your thing, this is a great way to pass the afternoon at a place that all women love, the famed Bergdorf Goodman department store.

Tea service comes with an assortment of tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, fruit preserves, Devonshire cream, and a variety of petite sweets. We recommend getting the option paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. After tea, take mom downstairs to pick out a luxurious gift.

$45 per person or $62 with glass of Veuve // 58th Street at 5th Avenue

Gift Ideas:

Flowers: Flowers always make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. What Mom doesn’t love a beautiful arrangement? One of our favorites in New York City is Ovando

Ovando takes a unique approach to floral arrangement, creating stunning displays both classic and modern. Quality and craftsmanship defines the brands beautiful arrangement. The store, dubbed the Botanical Gallery, is a experience not worth being passed up, and can also be rented for private events.

They have a special collection for Mother’s Day which you can shop directly here.

Fragrance: Replenish Mom’s favorite perfume, or buy her a new one. Byredo has some of the best scents available. For Mother’s Day, why not pick a scent thats grounded in floral notes?

Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land is an elegant floral fragrance that was created to pay homage to the nurses and heroines who served on the front lines of World War I. The fragrance has notes of pink pepper, Turkish rose petals, and raspberry blossom among others.

Available at Barneys

Dress - Looking to splurge on Mom? Treat her to an iconic Dolce & Gabbana dress that will be perfect for Spring and Summer whether in the City, The Hamptons, are the Almafi Coast. Dolce & Gabbana has beautiful prints inspired by the Italian scenery and Coast. They are known for the recognizable floral prints.

Dolce & Gabbana Cold Shoulder Anemoni Print Poplin Dress - Available at Bergdorf Goodman

Are Glass & Steel Skyscrapers Being Banned in New York City?

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Headlines have been swirling around various media outlets stating that, per Mayor Bill de Blasio, glass and steel skyscrapers will be banned in New York City moving forward. The Mayor made comments on Monday morning’s edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC where he was quoted saying, “We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient.”

This message took on various other similar forms and was picked up by multiple media outlets including a cover on the New York Post here in the city. De Blasio spoke on various media outlets using a similar tone of strong language that implied a ban. He stated that these traditional skyscrapers are contributing to global warming. This prompted many to begin to think about a New York where there would be no new glass and steel skyscrapers.

Are Glass and Steel Skyscrapers Being Banned?

The short answer: No!

The comments from de Blasio were made with very few details or facts supporting them. The Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability also chimed in to clarify that there is no prohibition on buildings made of glass in New York City.

It is important to note, however, that we are likely moving in a direction that would require construction to meet certain environmental efficiency standards. City Council just passed a package of bills which was inclusive of a mandate for building retrofits to reduce carbon footprint by 40 percent by the year 2030.

We are already seeing new construction as well as construction from recent years adapting to a more sustainable model by having projects certified as various LEED levels.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was devised by the United States Green Building Council. This rating system is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and the LEED certification is a globally recognized sustainability achievement.

The rating system evaluates the environmental performance of a building, and through this process, encourages market transformation. The evaluation looks at things such as materials, water efficiency, and performance such as indoor quality for occupant comfort. 

Fun Fact: 10 Hudson Yards was the first commercial office space in New York to receive the coveted Platinum LEED certification.

NYC Real Estate Tax Changes: What You Need to Know

We recently provided updates on the proposed Pied-a-terre tax that had the possibility of being passed in New York City. With the recent passing of the State budget, there has been changes to Real Estate Taxes in New York. Below is everything you need to know about the real estate tax changes as a result of the New York State budget.

Overview: The Pied-a-terre tax was not implemented. Instead, there is a newly revised and implemented Progressive Mansion Tax and Progressive Transfer Tax. This will impact those in the $2-$5M purchase range the most.

The Progressive Mansion Tax:

The new law applies to all closings that take place on or after July 1, 2019 except for those contracts that were entered into prior to April 1, 2019. This is specific to NYC contracts.

The new tax now has 8 tiers that have a higher Mansion Tax rate as purchase price escalates.

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The Progressive Transfer Tax:

In addition to the Mansion Tax overhaul, effective April 1, 2019, the Transfer Tax also received an overhaul.

For Residential purchases over $3 million, the NYS Transfer Tax increases from its current rate of 0.4% to a rate of 0.65%.

Additionally, for Commercial transactions greater than $2 million, the NYS Transfer Tax will increase from its current rate of 0.4% to 0.65%.

What Does it Mean for Me?

While no tax increases on property would be ideal, the above could be make less of a blow than the Pied-a-terre tax. The pied-a-terre tax would have positioned New York City as being not investor friendly and was also an annual charge -i.e. the property owner would have incurred this tax every year for owning the pied-a-terre.

As a Buyer, it is important to understand that, while yes, costs of gone up on certain transactions, these taxes are a one-time, upfront cost. The owner does not incur the Mansion Tax and Transfer tax on an annual basis as would have been the case with the pied-a-terre tax.

As was the case with the proposed pied-a-terre tax, the State has earmarked the additional revenue (expected to be $365 million) from the Progressive Mansion and Transfer Taxes to go to the failing MTA system in New York City.

 

As always, for questions about how taxes impact you, consult your qualified tax advisor who understands your personal financial sitaution

Pied-a-Terre Tax Looms Over New York City Luxury Real Estate Market

Thought taxes in New York City couldn’t get any higher? Think again. The Pied-a-terre tax is back on the docket, and it has recently gotten some major support that pushed it further along than what it was last a topic of discussion in 2014.

Ken Griffin made headlines when he purchased a penthouse at 220 Central Park South for $238 million, making it the most expensive home in the country. He plans to use the home when he visits his New York office. This headline also caught the attention of City Council who started discussion on the Pied-a-terre tax once again.

So, what is a Pied-a-terre and the proposed tax?

A pied-a-terre is a part-time second home occupied for less than half of the year. Often times, it is an investment for the owner and may not be occupied. Given that the owner’s primary address is elsewhere, owners of a pied-a-terre in New York are not subject to state or local income tax.

The current proposal has a sliding tax surcharge and fee for homes priced $5 million and over, with higher priced homes incurring higher fees. City and State officials cited that they feel this additional tax is necessary to fund the failing mass transit system in New York City.

 Cause for Concern

Regardless of whether you think it is fair to tax the rich disproportionately or not, a proposed tax plan should be assessed in regard to economic impact before being implemented. From a real estate perspective, there is cause for concern based on the proposal of a pied-a-terre tax in New York City.

International Buyers: International Buyers have already been on the decline in recent years, and the implementation of a pied-a-terre tax would likely prevent some would-be foreign buyers from investing in New York.

 Luxury Condos and Co-Ops: We would likely expect to see some sort of downtick in the luxury segment of the market. Just because a buyer can afford a $5 million apartment, does not mean they spend frivolously and love taxes. Why would they invest in New York when they could invest in another viable city that does not impose a pied-a-terre tax?

The luxury segment of the market has already been under pressure in recent years, so another tax could additional pressure that is not needed in this sector.

 New Development: An adverse impact on the Luxury Market would likely spill over to the New Development pipeline for luxury properties. If there is a decreased demand overall for properties $5 million and up, why would Developers be incentivized to build properties that may not sell? This, of course, would then have an impact on all the employment created within the construction sector when development is booming.

High Costs to Transact: New York City is one of the most expensive places to transact on property without the additional pied-a-terre tax. Costs associated with a real estate transaction in New York City include Transfer Tax, State Transfer Tax, Mortgage Recording Tax, Mansion Tax, and Real Property Taxes. Not to mention, under the new Federal Tax Code, the deduction of SALT has been eliminated.

 Overall, if the tax were to have an adverse impact on the real estate market for properties $5 million and up, we would likely see a reduction in value at the high end of the market. This may especially may be the case for properties that are already valued/priced near the $5 million threshold as Buyers will submit bids under $5 million to avoid the tax.

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Top Picks for an Enjoyable Valentines Day

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching on February 14th- have you made plans to make the day special for your loved one? We have curated some ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day from gifts to dining. If you are single, why not grab a friend and head to a great restaurant or enjoy a good bottle of champagne?

Chocolates

Teuscher Chocolates

For the chocolate lover, Teuscher is a must! The iconic Swiss Chocolatier is most well known for its Dark Chocolate Champagne Truffles. The company started over 70 years ago in a small town in the Swiss Alps as one master chocolate maker embarked on a journey to find the best ingredients which would lead him to create recipes for, what many critics, regard as the world’s best chocolate.

For Valentine’s Day, head to the Boutique on Madison Avenue or Rockefeller Center to pick up the Velvet Valentine Hearts filled with their iconic truffles.


Flowers

Ovando

Ovando takes a unique approach to floral arrangement, creating stunning displays both classic and modern. Quality and craftsmanship defines the brands beautiful arrangement. The store, dubbed the Botanical Gallery, is a experience not worth being passed up, and can also be rented for private events.

The Valentine’s Day collection is filled with everything from heart-shaped arrangements to iconic Ovando arrangements in beautiful pink and red colors. Our team favorite is the iconic floating orchids for which Ovando is known.

Champagne

Ruinart

Ruinart is the oldest champagne house in the world, established in 1729, and producing champagne since. The house barely survived World War I because of severe damage, but we are glad it did! Most of their Champagnes rely heavily on the Chardonnay Grape. With Teuscher Truffles in hand, you cannot go wrong pairing it with Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.

Dining

Manhatta

If you are looking for a truly special dinner spot where the food is equally as amazing as the views, you must go to Manhatta. Located on the 60th floor of 28 Liberty, the restaurant by Danny Meyers functions on a 3 course pre-fixe menu with an accessible price point.

What You Need to Know: Judge Rules in Favor of Airbnb

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Airbnb came into the headlines in New York last summer when City Council voted unanimously to enact a law that would require Hosts to disclose information including address of properties and identity to the city. City officials and the Mayor argue that Airbnb has essentially created an illegal hotel industry within the city. New York is one of the largest cities for the home sharing service. Under existing New York State law, most buildings do not allow an apartment to be rented for less than 30 days unless the permanent tenant is living in the apartment at the same time. City officials hoped this law would crack down on those violating this law and remove listings from Airbnb.

The law passed last summer stated that the detailed information pertaining to the units would need to be provided to the city monthly. Airbnb and Homeaway brought a law suit against the City, claiming that the law was unconstitutional. The law was slated to go into effect next month, however, a Federal Judge has blocked the enactment of this law in Manhattan Court.

Based on the recent ruling, here’s what you need to know:

  • The law is blocked from going into effect based on the premise that the collection of the data would be in violation of the 4th Amendment and would subject hosts to involuntary search and seizure.

  • This blocking is not necessarily permanent! It will be blocked will the litigation between parties continues. The outcome of the litigation will be important

  • City officials arguing that many people are running illegal “hotels” as they are violating the short-term rental law, and having guests in units for very short terms, creating a “revolving door” which could be potentially dangerous to other building residents

It is important to remember, if you are considering listing a property with Airbnb, under New York State law, short-term rentals cannot be less than 30 days unless the permanent tenant is also occupying the unit. This was and still is a State Law!

We anticipate that many people are in violation of this, and that is what the proposed legislation was hoping to crack down on. If you are listing your property on Airbnb in New York City, ensure you are adhering to all laws.

2019 Outlook: What to Expect for the New York City Real Estate Market

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As we enter a new year, we welcome new expectations for the housing market as we think about the year ahead. Briefly looking back at 2018, the year started off on a different note than it ended, namely rates rose to their highest levels in decades by year’s end, and the market fully transitioned to a Buyer’s Market. How do we expect 2019 to pan out?

The year ahead is likely to be a bit tougher than 2018 and remain soft overall as a result of the Fed. Prices remaining at minimum stable would be a positive, and a small rate of price appreciation would be even better. When people see their home rise in value, they feel wealthier whereas declining home values can spark a feeling of an impending recession. Thinking about 2019, we identified 4 areas of focus 1) Interest Rates, 2) Millennials, 3) Inventory, and 4) Rentals.

Interest Rates

We anticipate that interest rates will continue to rise in 2019 given the strong economic fundamentals and low unemployment rate in the US economy. Rates may begin to approach levels that finally squeeze some folks out of the market and into a smaller home than originally planned. Rising rates may also encourage some would be “Trade Ups” to stay put. Increasing rates is likely to impact first-time buyers most heavily as increased rates means less buying power. From a larger, national housing market perspective, this could also contribute to slowing sales as Buyers grapples with higher mortgage rates and recent rapid price increases over the past few years. 

Millennials

Millennials may be more at the forefront of the 2019 market than they were in 2018. This group could be a large driving force on the buy side of the market, especially for entry-level priced properties in New York City. The largest portion of Millennials will be ages 29-30 in 2019, a prime age for first-time homeownership. In a market such as New York, Millennials tend to be more affluent and savvy consumers, understanding the value in buying a property versus paying New York rent prices over the long term. Successful Millennials who have worked in industries such as Finance and Tech are likely armed with enough cash for a down payment.  Studio-1-bedroom properties priced below $2M are appealing to this group of Buyers. 

Inventory

Inventory is likely to remain elevated in NYC in 2019. New Developments continue to come to market and close, projects remain in the pipeline, and resale inventory will continue to come to market as well. This will be especially evident in the luxury sector of the market ($4M+) which has been experiencing a glut of inventory versus demand, a factor resulting in the shift to a Buyer’s Market. Average asking prices were inflated approximately 10% throughout 2018, and we expect the same to hold true throughout 2019. This means that Sellers had to take a significant reduction from Ask in order to get deals done. It is important to remember that deals get done when the price is right!

Rentals

Rent prices could likely see an uptick in 2019, attributed to the arrival of Amazon and increased demand. Amazon will bring with it a large number of high paying jobs, and thus increased demand from their employees as well as peripheral interest generated when a company such as Amazon picks a city as their home base. Google has also been discussing bringing a large number of net new jobs to NYC. Whether we see an increase in rent asking prices with concessions available or the dropping of concessions with asking prices remaining consistent resulting in a net effective increase in rent remains to be seen. We feel the latter is a probable scenario as landlords tend to drop concessions with demands increases as there is more competition for units. Additional rental inventory is something to watch in 2019 as it relates to pricing as this could be a factor that keeps a lid on rising rental prices.

2018 Holiday Tipping Guide - How Much to Tip Building Staff and More

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The Holiday Season has officially kicked off. With Black Friday and Thanksgiving over, holiday decorations are going up across town. With the arrival of the Holiday Season comes the question on the mind of many - “How Much Should I Tip?”

The holiday season is always a time to give back to those that had a positive impact on our lives over the past year. One question that always comes up, especially in New York City, is how much to tip the building staff and those that are intimately involved in day-to-day life? Tipping is a major part of the Holiday Season in New York, and is a way to show appreciation to your building staff. Thus, it is important to say that it is highly encouraged, but not required. As December rolls around, many begin to get anxiety about who to tip, how much to tip, and if he or she should even tip at all. 

Our friends at Brick Underground publish a go-to holiday tipping guide, which has been circulating since 2013. We condensed it, and put our take on what is appropriate as you budget for your holiday tipping. Remember, these are simply guidelines. There are many factors that can influence the tipping decision such as the size of the building (a larger staff equates to smaller individual tips), level of service, seniority, and time in building. Additionally, owning versus renting in a building can play a big factor as well.

Of course, if you live in a building with a part-time doorman, virtual doorman, or no staff at all, the below levels could be adjusted downward.

Renters: Tips do not have to equate to the dollar amount you are paying each month for rent. If you receive a lot of packages, have a stroller that is carried in and out of the building, etc., factor this into your tip. 

It is recommended that you tip in cash. Doorman, Concierge, Supers, etc. all of bills to pay like you and I- they are not looking for fruit cakes, cookies, or homemade gifts at the holidays!

 

 

Tipping Guidelines

 

 

Super: $150-200
Doorman/Concierge: $100-150
Nanny: 1 Week Salary
Housekeeper: 1 Week Salary
Dog Walker: 1 Week Salary
Driver: 1 Week Salary
Garage Attendant: $50-$100
Personal Trainer: $100
Chef: $300-500
Personal Assistant: 1 Week Salary
Hairdresser: $50-75
Manicurist: $25

 

Something to Consider: If you have been tipping throughout the year utilizing a "pay as you go" method, it is customary to tip on the lighter side during the holiday season.

What Does Amazon's New Headquarters Mean for NYC Real Estate

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Amazon made a big announcement this week, officially stating they New York City would be one of two locations for their HQ2, naming Long Island City as the location. When headlines broke, everyone in the real estate industry began thinking – how will this impact NYC real estate, particularly Long Island City?

The arrival of Amazon will continue the development of Long Island City and should encourage the city to invest dollars into infrastructure such as the subway system which is in dire need and buses. With the arrival of the new Amazon headquarters comes and anticipated 25,000 new, high earning employees.

Prices Likely to Rise

Long Island City has had a housing development boom in recent years with the neighborhood continually becoming more residential and less industrial. We continue to expect new units to come to market in the neighborhood in the near term. Prices have been on the up, and in fact, LIC is the priciest neighborhood within Queens.

Amazon’s announcement means there will be inherent increased interest in the neighborhood which could push prices slightly higher rather quickly, especially in terms of rent demand. It is important to note that rents in LIC luxury brands somewhat mirror that of Manhattan rents, so prices may not skyrocket in the short term, however, increased demand may motivate landlords to remove concessions that are being found on many luxury rentals. There has been an absorption issue in Long Island City given the sheer amount of inventory that has come on the market in the neighborhood in recent years.  

Impact Not Confined to Long Island City 

Anticipate price impacts to be felt in other neighborhoods as well. The influx of employees may look to other neighborhoods that still allow for easy access to LIC such as Midtown East and the Upper East Side where they may find more bang for their buck.

Being priced out of the market is still a very large issue for the NYC housing market as wages cannot keep up with cost of living for many. Because of that, we expect that the largest increase in pricing may be seen in peripheral neighborhoods that are still up and coming such as Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A new influx of residents in neighborhoods such as this could push pricing higher.

 

More Players than Just Amazon

While Amazon is garnering much press and attention about the location of their second US headquarters, it is important to remember that there are other plays that can contribute to this as well. Google has stated they expect to nearly double their workforce in coming years. The arrival of Amazon could further establish New York as a tech center and attract everything from Amazon competitors to start ups. What does that mean? The influx of people as a result of high paying jobs could be greater than what will be from Amazon on its own.

What You Need to Consider When Investing in Manhattan Real Estate

Have you been considering investing in real estate? Headlines and news stories may have some home owners concerned about their property purchase, or investors second guessing a decision to invest in Manhattan real estate. Like any investing, it is important to take a disciplined approach to investing in real estate guided by the advice of an expert. Analysis of over a decade of Manhattan housing data exhibited the strength of the borough to remain a sound investment compared to many of the global markets out there.

So, is all of Manhattan the same? Considering the following things when approaching Manhattan Real Estate from an investment standpoint.

Manhattan is a Resilient Market

Manhattan is somewhat a world of its own when it comes to the market and its driving factors in comparison to the larger macroeconomic landscape. The Manhattan market moves at its own pace during economic downturns as a result. We, of course, observed a large anomaly to this during the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. The crisis took down the entire global economy and impacted Manhattan housing. However, recovery in Manhattan was much quicker than that of other global centers.

During this crisis time, Entry-level luxury bounced back most rapidly. UBS Wealth Management publishes a Global Real Estate Bubble Index annually, and New York City was rated “fair value,” especially in comparison to hot markets such as San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Toronto.

Entry-Level Luxury

We have talked about entry-level price points as being key in the current market throughout many issues of Victoria’s View. In the case of Manhattan, some could argue that entry-level pricing could stretch as far as $5-6M. These are the properties that have shown exceptional price resilience over recent years in a market that some argue is slow.

Sub $3M has been especially busy the last few years. Open houses are getting a lot of foot traffic at this price point, and some properties are even experiencing bidding wars, especially those priced in the $1M range.

Why has entry level luxury faired so well? Demand is strongest at this price point in Manhattan. At this price, demand is fueled by working urbanites that are looking for their first-time home purchase, or are, perhaps, upgrading from a 1 bedroom to a 2 or 3 bedroom as they start a family.

Compared to ultra-luxury, or properties priced $10M+, entry-level luxury in Manhattan has remained more stable, largely a result of this demand from working professionals who need a place to live that we just discussed. Entry-level luxury likely has a higher buyer based composed of individuals seeking their primary residences rather than a second or third home which is often the case with buyers at ultra-luxury price points.

Volatility Factors

When you invest in stocks, you assess funds/companies/ETFs that match your identified risk profile. Risk may be assessed on things such as sector – Utilities may be considered more risk averse and less prone to price swings than a sector such as Biotech.

So, when thinking about real estate, what factors should you use to assess risk and volatility when considering your investment? Bedroom count plays a big part of real estate price movement. As a result, bedroom count can be a contributing factor to price volatility of real estate assets. One and Two-bedroom apartments are more common while 4+ bedroom apartments and large townhomes are more unique and rare, thus there is an inherent pricing question when it comes to large apartments as there is simply less historical data and comparables to which to defer.

While more bedrooms may mean more risk, more risk is often associated with the possibility of more reward. Prices of large apartments have risen dramatically since the 1980s and 1990s, however, in similar fashion, they were largely impacted during the great recession with pricing on large properties still under pressure.

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via Price swings in YoY rents by bedroom count. Notice the swings in 3 bedroom rents compared to Studios and 1 Bedrooms

Pricing on one-bedroom properties have recovered from recession lows, largely fueled by the consistent demand in this space.

Intrinsic Value

Just as a company or stock has intrinsic value, so, too, does real estate. When considering investing in real estate, partner with your broker so you can identify properties that have more intrinsic value than others.

Contributing Factors

  • Natural Light

  • Neighborhood Stature – are there good schools nearby? Is the area established, up-and-coming, or on a decline?

  • Quality Construction and Materials – your broker knows new development and construction better than you. Lean on them to advise which buildings are constructed from the best materials and workmanship

If your investment is for the purchase of generating income, we have you covered! Check out our article on What to Expect When Investing in Real Estate. If you are purchasing real estate as investment with the goal of renting out, discuss what rents look like in the builder with your broker, and how that estimated figure would stack up against anticipated mortgage and carrying costs. There are ways to extract additional value out of your investment:

Ways to Extract Additional Value out of Your Investment:

There are additional ways to squeeze a bit more rent out of your unit and also have an increased likelihood to win over a prospective tenant as they are shopping around. While some of them are an expense upfront, they are some of the most common requests we see from prospective renters. Thus, you will most likely recoup the cost of these investments into your property.

  • Consider building out the closets to maximize storage with systems such as California Closets

  • Install Electric Shades/Window Treatments

  • Ensure the washer/dryer are good machines. It may be worth it to upgrade the machines from the base units that came with the apartment

Hiring a broker will be crucial to maximize the rent received. They are able to position your apartment on the market to appeal to the right audience and spend the time to understand the intricacies of the board package and fees.

  • Price correctly! Rely on your broker’s expertise to price correctly so you can rent sooner rather than later.

  • Get the condo leasing application to review the fees. That way, your broker can speak to prospective tenants about all fees associated with the unit. Additionally, this is important to understand in case you need to offer concessions to remain competitive

  • Good photos matter!

  • Get a floorplan of the unit to place online with the listing